In Hertfordshire from April-December 2015 the police received 7,148 non-crime domestic abuse call-outs and 5,838 domestic abuse crime call-outs.
75% of cases of domestic abuse children will have been present either in the room or in the property when domestic abuse has taken place. It is well established that witnessing the abuse of another, particularly a parent, is emotionally and developmentally damaging to children.
Men who have been abusive in one intimate relationship often go on be abusive in other relationships. Many such fathers have not had good enough parenting themselves so do not know how to be a positive role model and adopt a child-centred approach to parenting.
Instead they are controlling and respond with anger and aggression to children’s needs and this pattern is repeated as they move from one abusive relationship to another. In turn, their children will not benefit from an appropriate role model, thereby continuing the cycle of abuse unless there is suitable intervention.